I keep having an impression recently that Psychology Today is full of bullshit. I just read this article about emotional integrity, which is the state where we understand our emotions and clearly communicate them to others, yet the article doesn’t mention alexithymia, which is inability to understand our own emotions. Autistics are very often alexithymic.
I clearly don’t have ’emotional integrity’. It is a trait that I’ll never have. Emotions are too difficult for me, and even if I understand how I feel, I want to hide it. My feelings feel so private that revealing them seems worse than going outside naked. If I didn’t know I’m autistic this article would make me feel very bad about myself. And yet, it got published.